Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2011 in Review

I've seen this on a few blogs and thought I would participate. I love these questionnaire type things. I also love getting to know other mommy/blogger friends. So do it, leave me a link to your blog and I will read yours!! I hope to be able to do this every year and reflect on the last year lived. I did tweak a couple of questions to more reflect my life.

1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?

Had a baby and with that includes trimester 2 and 3 of pregnancy, labor with no epidural with an eventual c-section and a rough recovery with a newborn in NICU. Thank god for my wonderful Hubs and family for all their help, love and support!

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I'm not a huge resolution person, but I am going to set goals for myself. I like the word "goal" instead. It sounds more achievable and less cold. You can read mine HERE.

3. How will/did you spend New Year's Eve?


From 2010 into 2011 I was sleeping. I was just getting out of my 1st Trimester and still tired all the time.

From 2011 into 2012 I was with the Hubs at his gig at Babe's in Lakeville with some friends and family. I had a most fabulous time! My sisters stayed at our house over night and babysat Hailey.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, fortunately. But I did attend the funeral of a high school classmate of mine, Jimmy, that took his life. Very tragic, but I'm so glad I went.

5. What countries did you visit? What vacations did you take?


Hailey and I took a 5 day trip to Arkansas to visit my Great Grandma, so Hailey's Great Great Grandma. 5 Generations all together. See it HERE. 

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?

A substantial savings account.

7. What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

June 26th. It was the day I became a Mommy and my world was forever changed.

8. What was your biggest achievement(s) of the year?

Going through labor, c-section, getting through the first month of mommy-hood. I'm not going to sugar coat it, it was rough. But I think it always is for every new Mom. It does get better with time and as they get older. Keep your head up!


9. What was your biggest failure?

I wouldn't say failure. I don't think I really failed at anything, but as stated in #6, I want a savings account a/k/a emergency fund a/k/a nest egg.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Other than the complications with the c-section and recovery, no.


11. What was the best thing you bought?

My new IPhone 4s. A month ago I would have said my new car, but I'm starting to dislike it. Not the car itself, but I foolishly bought a 2007 with no power windows or locks (how dumb is that) and it's a little on the small side, so Wayne HATES it! Granted he is a big guy and he is losing weight, but it's still on the smaller side. Oh well, we live and learn right? We'll see what 2012 has to bring as far as new car(s) go.

12. Where did most of your money go?

Her name is Hailey. LOL.

13. What song will always remind you of 2011?

Anything by LMFAO. Saw them in concert. Will go again the next time they are in town. Love them lots.

14. What do you wish you'd done more of?

Exercise and read.

15. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Be lazy. Not exercise.

16. What was your favorite TV program?

I have too many to count. My one new favorite this fall in 2011 is Revenge. Anyone else watch it?

17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

I try really hard not to hate any one, but there is certainly some people that I don't really like and distance myself from them.

18. What was the best book you read?

The Hunger Games series. Too good for words and so excited for the movie in March 2012.

19. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Adele. I got her 21 CD and fell in love. Then my Hubs got me her concert on DVD for Christmas this year. Thank you honey!

20. What was your favorite film of this year?

Breaking Dawn, Part 1, obviously. We have waited so long for each one to come out. I not only love the movies and the books, but it's also something I can relate to friends and family about. Especially my sisters!

21. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 28 and spent the evening at Babes at Wayne's gig with some family and friends. I was 7 months preggo and still on the dance floor!! 

22. What kept you sane?

Wayne and my Mom. Without these two, my world would be a mess.

23. Who did you miss?

I don't see my Grandma Kleene as often as I would like to. I miss her and now with me having a baby of my own, I want her to see Hailey more often.

I also miss Green Grandma. Wayne's Grandma Sharon moved down to Arizona at the end of October and I really hate it. I want her to move back so bad. It makes me sad.

24. Who was the best new person you met?

I would have to say my co-worker friendships really flourished. There were 2 new people that started at the last quarter of 2010 and another that started in June 2011. I have enjoyed getting to know all three of them more personally and working with them everyday.

25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.

It was something my pastor (Paul) said at Jimmy's funeral..."Love them while you can and love them well." I just think this quote speaks volumes and I try and remember it everyday.


Leah